There's a conversational minefield out there in music, folks, and it comes in the form of solo artists taking group names, like Bahamas, for example.
Matisyahu brings his Jewish heritage and new music into the lexicon of reggae. His new album "Akeda" still finds him exploring his faith and expanding his music vocabulary with reggae dominating his soul.
If country music is tilapia -- bland, good with everything, unremarkable, nutritionally average -- then old time music, like that played by Foghorn Stringband, is a can of sardines: pungent, strong, an acquired taste, and also infinitely richer.
We're back to the time of the year when the leaves turn pretty colors, the temperature starts to fall and 10 local bands descend on the Firebird to pay tribute to their favorite musicians. Now in its eighth year, An Under Cover Weekend is one of those events that needs to be experienced for any local music lover.
Despite operating out of New York City, Laura Cantrell shows that her singer/songwriter roots are firmly planted in the sounds of her native Nashville.
A native of St. Louis, Jack Grelle has run the gamut of the city's musical communities, bouncing between punk and folk bands throughout the Midwest for close to a decade now.
Jonah Tolchin plays the blues with a pleasantly haunting and unforced grace, carrying listeners into a comfortable familiar place. His music is the kind that has a familiar feel but only comes from one source.
Sounding a bit like the Wailers, in their days with Lee Perry producing, Taj Weekes and Adowa combine the best of reggae groove, strong vocals and social commentary.
With a homegrown, folk-inspired sound that spans across the Atlantic, Ian Fisher and the Present return to their Midwest roots.